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James LeBreton

James LeBreton

Professor of Psychology

632 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 867-4847


  1. Ph. D., University of Tennessee, 2002


Research Interests

My research program examines the relationships between personality, specifically the implicit or unconscious side of personality and behavior in organizations.  During the last 10 years I have been involved in the development and validation of several measures designed to assess implicit personality.  Most of my work has focused on the measurement of aggressive personality characteristics and linking those characteristics to outcomes such as counterproductive work behavior, leadership, team processes & performance, and test faking. 

I am also interested in the development and application of new statistics designed to improve the decisions made by organizational scholars. Current projects involve issues associated with 1) relative importance of predictors in multiple regression, 2) interrater agreement and reliability, and 3) analyzing multilevel (including dyadic) and longitudinal data.

Recent Publications

(current & former students noted in bold text)

Baysinger, M., Scherer, K. T., & LeBreton, J. M. (in press). Exploring the disruptive effects of psychopathy and aggression on group processes and group performance. Journal of Applied Psychology.

Kaiser, R. B., LeBreton, J. M., & Hogan, J. (in press). The dark side of personality and ineffective leadership. Applied Psychology: An International Review.

Nairne, J. S., Van Arsdall, J. E., Pandeiradal, J. N. S., Cogdill, M., & LeBreton, J. M. (in press). Adaptive memory: The Mnemonic value of animacy. Psychological Science.

Spain, S., Harms, P., & LeBreton, J.M. (in press). The dark side of personality at work. Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Krasikova, D., Green, S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2013). Refining and extending our understanding of destructive leadership. Journal of Management, 39, 1308-1338.

LeBreton, J. M., Baysinger, M., Abbey, A., & Jacques-Tiura, A. J. (2013). The relative importance of psychopathy-related traits in predicting impersonal sex and hostile masculinity. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 817-822.

LeBreton, J. M., Tonidandel, S., & Krasikova, D. (2013). Residualized relative importance analysis: A technique for the comprehensive decomposition of variance in higher-order regression models. Organizational Research Methods, 16, 449-473.

Ondersma, S. J., Svikis, D. S., LeBreton, J. M., Streiner, D. L., Grekin, E. R., Lam, P. K., & Connors-Burge, V. (2013). The Importance of indirect screening and objective gold standards:  A response to Terplan (2012). Addiction, 108, 1002.

Scherer, K. T., Baysinger, M. J., Zolynsky, D., & LeBreton, J. M. (2013). Predicting counterproductive work behaviors with sub-clinical psychopathy: Beyond the five factor model of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 300-305.

Tonidandel, S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2013). Beyond step down analysis: A new test for decomposing the importance of dependent variables in MANOVA. Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 469-477.

Dalal, R. S., Baysinger, M., Brummel, B. J., & LeBreton, J. M. (2012). The relative importance of employee engagement, other job attitudes, and trait affect as predictors of job performance. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42, E295-E325.

Krasikova, D., & LeBreton, J. M (2012). Just the two of us: Misalignment of theory and methods in examining dyadic phenomena. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 739-757.

Ondersma, S. J., Svikis, D. S., LeBreton, J. M., Streiner, D. L., Grekin, E. R., Lam, P. K., & Connors-Burge, V. (2012). Development and preliminary validation of an indirect screener for drug use in the perinatal period. Addiction, 107, 2099-2106.

Abbey, A., Jacques-Tiura, A. J., & LeBreton, J. M. (2011). Risk factors for sexual aggression in young men: An expansion of the confluence model. Aggressive Behavior, 37, 450-464.

Michel, J. S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2011). Leadership coherence: An application of personality coherence to the study of leadership. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 688-694.

Tonidandel, S., & LeBreton, J. M. (2011). Relative importance analysis – A useful supplement to regression analyses. Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, 1-9.

Wu, J., & LeBreton, J. M. (2011). Reconsidering the dispositional basis of counterproductive work behavior: The role of aberrant personality traits. Personnel Psychology, 64, 593-626.

Research Interests:

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